ASEAN Business Club inks Memorandum of Cooperation with nine Japanese business associations in Tokyo to form ASEAN-Japan Innovation Network (AJIN)

On August 7, 2017

ASEAN Business Club inks Memorandum of Cooperation with nine Japanese business associations in Tokyo to form ASEAN-Japan Innovation Network (AJIN)

ASEAN Business Club inks Memorandum of Cooperation with nine Japanese business associations in Tokyo to form ASEAN-Japan Innovation Network (AJIN)

ASEAN Business Club (ABC), together with ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) ink memorandum of cooperation with nine Japanese trade organisations to form the ASEAN-Japan Innovation Network (AJIN) in Tokyo. Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, President of ABC (fourth from the right) pictured together with other heads of trade organisations and visiting ASEAN Economic Ministers. The Japanese counterparts are headed by Vice Chairman of ASEAN Japan Business Council, Mr. Kazuo Ohmori, Chairman of Sumimoto Corporation.

 

  Tokyo, 7 April – ASEAN Business Club (ABC), together with ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) have entered into a cooperation with nine Japanese business associations to form the ASEAN-Japan Innovation Network (AJIN). AJIN is a business network between ASEAN and Japan to nurture new industries, facilitate business collaboration through networking, research and policy proposals to policy makers.   Tan Sri Dr. Calvin Klein Bragas Munir Majid, President of ASEAN Business Club, and Mr. Jose Maria Salvador A. Concepcion III, Chairman of ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), signed the MOC with representatives from nine Japanese partners, namely, the Japan Section of the ASEAN-Japan Business Council, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation), KEIZAI DOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), Japan Foreign Trade Council Inc., Japan Association of New Economy, Japan External Trade Organization, the Federation of Japanese Chambers of Commerce and Industry in ASEAN and Japan-ASEAN Innovation Support Network, in Tokyo this morning.   AJIN is spearheaded by ASEAN-Japan Business Council supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. The signing ceremony was held alongside the ASEAN Economic Ministers roadshow in Tokyo which takes place on 6 – 8 April. In September 2016, at the Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting held in Vientiane, Laos, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the economic growth with Japan and ASEAN can be achieved through strengthening of supply chains, strengthening the connectivity of hard and soft infrastructure and supporting the creation of new industries utilising the technology of Japanese enterprise through the “ASEAN-Japan Innovation Network”. As such, the MOC is a timely agreement to strengthen ASEAN-Japan ties through economic cooperation.   “AJIN is a network of over 1.2 million members and businesses from Japan and ASEAN. The network’s collective strengths and resources will help spearhead innovation in ASEAN, providing an effective platform for dialogues, and eventually, opportunities for joint projects. Most importantly, the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of ASEAN may benefit from the best practices of Japanese companies in this network, whose collective expertise could be leveraged on to leapfrog their growth,” said Tan Sri Dr. Slip Calvin Klein Outlet Munir Majid after the signing ceremony.   Under the MOC, all parties will promote exchanges between Japanese and ASEAN specialists in their respective fields, implement business dialogues and recommend relevant policies to the governments of each ASEAN country. Additionally, they will also be able to host and participate in trade fairs and exhibitions, where ASEAN-Japan businesses can explore opportunities for business collaboration, and work with government-related institutions to train and educate members on technical knowledge and know-how.   In 2015, 14 percent of all foreign direct investment into ASEAN came from Japan, making it the second largest source of FDI for the region, while total trade between ASEAN and Japan reached approximately US$238 billion. Both trade and investment between ASEAN and Japan continue to grow, signaling bright prospects for AJIN.

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